Posts Tagged ‘Fourth Amendment’

When the NSA & universities collaborate: a discussion with leading privacy experts at Johns Hopkins University

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 10:17 am by

bca8e39ceOn Tuesday, April 15, BORDC executive director, Shahid Buttar, spoke on a panel with privacy experts, Christopher Soghoian, ACLU Technologist, Matt Green and Joel Andreas, Johns Hopkins University professors, to discuss ways the intelligence community has begun to co-opt our higher education system. Each year the NSA gives millions of dollars to universities around the country in the form of scholarships, research grants, training, technology, and promises of jobs to students. This degree of influence and the bias it creates is concerning, particularly in the way the issues of mass surveillance is addressed and responded to on these campuses. Below is video from the evening’s discussion.

Why fusion centers matter: FAQ

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 1:57 pm by

 Original commentary by Nadia Kayyali published April 7, 2014 on the Electronic Frontier Foundation Deeplinks blog

While Homeland-SecurityNSA surveillance has been front and center in the news recently, fusion centers are a part of the surveillance state that deserve close scrutiny.

Fusion centers are a local arm of the so-called “intelligence community,” the 17 intelligence agencies coordinated by the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). The government documentation around fusion centers is entirely focused on breaking down barriers between the various government agencies that collect and maintain criminal intelligence information.

Automatic license plate readers: a tool of the American dragnet

Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8:35 am by

1plates080912In a two-part series Al-Jazeera explores the dangers automatic license plate readers present to Americans basic fundamental rights, and the ease with which local law enforcement and other government agencies can access personal data without reasonable suspicion or a warrant.


BORDC News Digest for 04/03/14

Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm by

Current News

4/3, Kathryn Watson, Virginia Bureau, Advocate: Police bypass Fourth Amendment with license plate readers

4/3, Caitlin Hendee, Denver Business Journal, Colorado hunters won’t be allowed to point guns at drones

4/2, Andrew Napolitano, Washington Times, NAPOLITANO: What if secrecy, NSA trump the Constitution?

4/2, Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian, CIA torture report to remain largely secret despite declassification vote

4/2, Daniel Gallington, World Report, What’s Behind the NSA Battle

3/31, Bradley Klapper, ABC News, Senate Report: Torture Didn’t Lead to Bin Laden

3/31, Radley Balko, The Washington Post, The drug war exception to the Fourth Amendment

BORDC News Digest for 03/18/14

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 5:32 pm by

Current News 

3/18, Christian Payne, The Guardian, The principle of privacy is worth fighting for

3/18, Kim Zetter, Wired, A 10-Point Plan to Keep the NSA Out of Our Data

3/18, Aljazeera America, America needs a 21st century Church Committee

3/17, Faiza Patel, Al Jazeera America, A failure to protect our rights

3/16, Joe Wolverton, The New American, New House Plan Props Up NSA Surveillance of Phone Calls

3/14, Joe Wolverton, The New American, FISA Court Continues Collusion with Federal Surveillance Programs

BORDC News Digest 3/14/14

Friday, March 14, 2014 at 6:26 pm by

Current News 

3/13, J. Richards, CBS News, White House more involved in CIA-Senate dispute, reports say

3/13, Robert Schoon, Latin Post, In Feinstein CIA Speech, Constitutional Separation of Powers, Fourth Amendment Concerns Emerge

3/13, Ari Melber, Reuters, Our fierce fight over torture

3/12, Dan Froomkin, The Intercept, Calls for Brennan’s Ouster Emerge Along With Details of CIA Search of Senate Computers

3/7, Yasha Levine, Pando Daily, Oakland emails give another glimpse into the Google-Military-Surveillance Complex

3/6, Will Kane, SF Gate, Oakland to limit surveillance center to port, airport

Expanding the roll out of domestic surveillance drones

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 11:13 am by

domestic-droneIn January,  US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revealed that it flew about 700 surveillance flights using drone aircraft for other government agencies between 2010 and 2012. This was an increase from the approximately 500 flights CBP had reported in July 2013. CBP is the only government agency, outside of the military, that is permitted to use drones within the US, causing an increased demand for their assistance. It is part of the Department of Homeland Security and has used drones to monitor the US border with Mexico since 2005 and the US-Canada border since 2009.

The disclosure responded to a lawsuit by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Most flights were done for the US Coast Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), but many were also flown for a variety of state and local law enforcement agencies.


Life in the electronic concentration camp: the many ways that you’re being tracked, catalogued and controlled

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 9:14 am by

Original commentary provided by John Whitehead at the Rutherford Institute published on January 6, 2014.


“[A security camera] doesn’t respond to complaint, threats, or insults. Instead, it just watches you in a forbidding manner. Today, the surveillance state is so deeply enmeshed in our data devices that we don’t even scream back because technology companies have convinced us that we need to be connected to them to be happy.”—Pratap Chatterjee, journalist

What is most striking about the American police state is not the mega-corporations running amok in the halls of Congress, the militarized police crashing through doors and shooting unarmed citizens, or the invasive surveillance regime which has come to dominate every aspect of our lives. No, what has been most disconcerting about the emergence of the American police state is the extent to which the citizenry appears content to passively wait for someone else to solve our nation’s many problems. Unless Americans are prepared to engage in militant nonviolent resistance in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi, true reform, if any, will be a long time coming.


News Digest for 12/09/13

Monday, December 9, 2013 at 5:00 pm by

Current News 

12/9, Steven Nelson, US News, New Legislation Would Ban NSA From Arizona

12/9, USA Today, Cellphone data spying: It’s not just the NSA

12/9,Bridie Jabour, Paul Farrell, Josh Halliday and Paul Owen, The Guardian, Internet companies demand spying overhaul after NSA revelations – live reaction

12/8, Glenn Kanton, Huffington Post, Bratton: Curious Choice to Be de Blasio’s NYPD Commissioner

12/5, Juan Cole, Informed Comment, Trashing the Law against warrantless GPS tracking: NSA nabs 5 Billion Phone location Records a Day

12/5, Norman Solomon, Common Dreams, Under the Global Shadow of Big Brother, Journalism Must Light Up the Political Sky

News Digest 11/21/13

Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm by

Current News 

11/21, Katitza Rodriguez, Electronic Frontier Foundation, The UN General Assembly Should Pass Strong Privacy Resolution on the Right to Privacy in the Digital Age

11/20, Brendan Sasso, The Hill, OVERNIGHT TECH: House NSA bill to skip committee

11/20, Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy, Exclusive: Inside America’s Plan to Kill Online Privacy Rights Everywhere

11/20, Runa Sandvik, Forbes, These Companies Build The Technology Used To Spy On You

11/20, Mike Masnick, TechDirt, Tell The Government That It Needs To Get A Warrant If It Wants To Read Your Email

11/18, Byron Acohido, USA Today, Snowden effect: Young people now care about privacy

11/15, Michael Boldin, TruthOut, How Can the States Provide Fourth Amendment Protection Against the NSA?